Two Americans Charged For Having A Sleepover In The Eiffel Tower
In an unexpected turn of events, two American tourists were discovered sleeping on the Eiffel Tower after managing to evade security the night before.
Found By Security
The tower's operator, Sete, reported that security guards found the men in the early morning during their routine rounds.
They “appear to have got stuck because of how drunk they were”, Paris prosecutors told AFP.
The tourists appeared to have been too intoxicated and had spent the night in an area typically closed off to the public. Despite this, they did not seem to pose any immediate danger.
It was discovered that the pair had paid for an entry ticket on Sunday evening and bypassed security barriers on their way down the stairs from the tower's top.
First Responders Arrived
Firefighters, along with a specialized unit for rescuing people from heights, were sent to retrieve the pair, and they were taken to a police station for questioning.
Sete has indicated that it plans to file a criminal complaint against them. The discovery of the two tourists caused the delay of the tower's opening by an hour.
Eiffel Tower Recent Bomb Threats
This incident follows bomb threats received over the weekend, which forced the landmark to be evacuated. Investigations are ongoing into the threats, with police advising against evacuating the tower after a further bomb threat was sent on Monday via email to three Paris police stations.